US Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday (23/9) met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed his gratitude to India for being a “vital source” of the COVID vaccine for the world and for having decided to continue exporting the vaccine.
India, which is the world’s biggest vaccine producer, announced earlier this week that it would resume vaccine exports after stopping in April to focus on its population vaccination program first.
Modi thanked Harris and the Joe Biden government for their help as India was hit by the second wave of COVID-19. To Harris, Modi said he was like “family.” Modi is “completely confident” that under the leadership of this administration, “US-India bilateral relations will reach a new level.”
The Indian prime minister will meet President Joe Biden on Friday (24/9) when Biden hosts the first in-person meeting of leaders of the Indo-Pacific alliance known as the “Quad.”
The meeting of leaders from Australia, the US, India and Japan came after Biden faced criticism from France for announcing that America, with British help, would equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.
The move is considered to allow the Australian navy to patrol longer and be superior to the Chinese navy. (ka/ps)